Saturday, April 26, 2008

The Human Race - August 31, 2008

The Human Race is slated to be the largest/biggest race ever. No this is not a ultra marathon, its more than that. Its a 10km run, which will be run (at the same time) by over one million runners in 28 different cities of the world.
The cities are -
Europe - Amsterdam, Istambul, Johannesburg, London, Madrid, Moscow, Munich, Paris, Rome, Warsaw
Americas - Bogota, Buenos Aires, Caracas, Lima, Mexico city, Quito, Sao Paulo, Vancouver
Asia Pacific - Melbourne, Seoul, Singapore, Taipei, Tokyo
United States - Austin, Chicago, LA, New York

Its sad that Bombay or New Delhi has not been included in the list. Had Bombay been there, I would have definately participated in it. Not sure what is the reason for the organiser (Nike), not having included a single city form China or India (if you exclude Taipei), two of the most populus cities. It would have been wonderful to have been a part of this initiative (even thought its a pure commercial exercise) and have asked my friends at CMP India to ensure that Bombay is a part of it next time around, should there be something like this again.

This is slated to be one of the biggest marketing initiatives (both the scale, resources and monetary investment) done by any organisation.

The beneficiaries of this initiative (Other than ofcourse the organiser - Nike) are WWF (World Wildlife Fund), Lance Armstrong foundation and ninemillion.org.

For more details and registration visit www.nikeplus.com


Rakesh said...

Cool blog here... you do run a lot!
I've been running for a couple of months now, and can do around 6.5 km on my long runs, and am looking to improve.

Running shoes are an issue for me, since I pronate quite a bit[realized this only recently].. have had flat(real flat!) feet since birth. This causes niggles that keep shifting.. knee, shin, etc. Could you suggest any good shops in mumbai where I can get shoes with motion control stability? And where the vendor would be a bit knowledgeable and assist me in choosing the right shoe?

thanks.. btw, when is the next race you will be running?

Girish Mallya said...

Hi Rakesh, don't worry about the niggles, they will go away as soon as your body gets used to running, it will take a few months.

You would find 'bit' knowledgeable ones at a Reebok or Adidas store located in a bill mall (you might want to try the Adidas shop at Electic House Colaba, it has sensible guys). Pl. be careful while going for Stablity shoes, ensure that they have good cushioning. If you are running on roads (concrete ones in Bombay) cushioning is extremely important. Most of the motion control shoes available in the market do not have good enough cushioning.

If Budget is not really a problem, try the new range for Road running from Adidas and Reebok (Reebok has some. Do google and get reviews on the shoes before you buy them.

My next race is likely to be the Banaglaore Ultra in Nov 08.

Anonymous said...

Hi Girish
interestingly i have run 4 half marathons and 39 km at bangalore ultra marathon - would be good to run with you sometime - i live at andheri west
good luck

Girish said...

Great going Shreekanth. Anytime you are coming todays Shivaji Park side on a Sunday, do join.

Do visit Blore ultra this year as well.